How much does a mammogram machine cost and how do you best decide which one to get?
Get the answers here based on our more than 15 years of experience.
Naturally, prices between new and used mammography devices differ and buying a used system will naturally, save you money.
Furthermore, on the market, you will find analog and digital mammography machines, and the digital systems can be with or without the tomosynthesis option.
For a quick overview of the mammography machine prices based on those categories, look at the price matrix below:
|Analog||Digital||Digital with Tomosynthesis|
|Price||8.000 - 15.000||25.000 - 50.000||60.000+|
Note: The prices are in euros and are for the systems only. Hereby, they do not include warranty, installation or transport. Additionally, we are considering systems that are typically 5 – 10 years old.
Price of Analogue Mammography Machines
As you can see from the table, analog mammography machines are the cheapest, and they have low service costs. The price of a system in a good condition is typically between 8.000 to 15.000 euros. However, with an analog unit, you also need a CR system to be able to produce images, therefore, it takes a bit longer to receive the images. An example of an analog mammography device is the Hologic Lorad M-IV– As seen on the picture.
These machines were the standard for many years but in 2000, the FDA approved the first full-field digital mammography unit. These dramatically improved image quality and patient flow. Therefore, use of analog mammography machines have decreased in recent years.
Price of Digital Mammography Machines
The price of digital mammography machines varies. Hereby, a used system costs bewteen 25.000 or 50.000 euros. this mostly depends on the age of the digital detector, as it is a very expensive part of the machine.
Hereby, the younger the digital detector, the more the mammogram machine cost.
Digital Mammography Machines with Tomosynthesis
And what about the digital mammography devices with tomosynthesis?
Tomosynthesis mammograms are also known as “tomo” or 3D mammograms. These machines were introduced in 2011 and further contributed to the progress and quality of the images.
Due to the tomosynthesis option, practitioners can detect breast cancer earlier than ever before.
Digital mammography machines with this option cost over 60.000 euros. However, they are not found in great numbers on the market of pre-owned medical equipment.
How to Determine Which System to Buy?
Often, it is your budget that determines which mammography machine you can buy. However, you should take into account your needs and your situation before buying the system:
- Do you have access to an OEM or any other alternative service provider?
- What kind of facility do you have?
- How many patients do you expect?
- What are the average costs of the examination?
- Do you have any close competitors?
The last question is important, as you will not be able to compete if you get an analog system, while your competitors have digital ones. However, if they have analog units as well, or there are only a few mammograms in the area, an analog might be just fine for you.
When you have these questions answered, it’s easier to find the right system for you.
In conclusion, when deciding which mammography machine to purchase, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages of these systems and weigh them up against your needs. And we are sure that our blog post that covers the pros and cons of analog and digital mammography machines can help you with that.
If you have any questions regarding mammogram machine cost, feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at +45 96 886 500. We are always ready to help.